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Addressing the Wealth Gap

Struggling communities of color need tangible assistance, writes author Sam Fulwood III.

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idea_bulbIn last week’s column, I wrote despairingly of the persistent wealth gap that exists between white Americans and their neighbors from communities of color—in particular, black Americans. My concerns extended to a dubious hope that our national leaders have the political will to propose and promulgate federal policies targeted to help those most in need.

The column provoked an articulate and thoughtful response from my colleague Christian E. Weller, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, or CAP, and a professor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Weller challenged my pessimism, noting that his studies of the racial wealth gap have led him to some very promising, albeit targeted, policy prescriptions to assist black households.

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